This thought had subconsciously emerged in Shuhang’s mind, completely out of his control.
When this thought emerged, Song Shuhang couldn’t help but feel a strong sense of frustration.
He found that he’d actually given up on being treated at some point… He no longer had a strong desire for the sword, and had completely accepted the saber.
In fact, if one were to think about it, the saber was also very cute.
For example, the invisible saber insect was especially cute when it pierced others’ waists and secreted paralyzing toxins.
Another example, the treasured saber Broken Tyrant had accompanied Song Shuhang from the First Stage until the Fifth Stage, and it even had guardrails installed on it now, making it particularly safe.
Another example, Senior Scarlet Heaven Sword had its own saber intent, and it was very likeable…
Senior White looked at Song Shuhang, and asked, “Do you want to try to pull the sword out?”
Song Shuhang asked, “Senior White, are you not interested in this altar and sword?”
Senior White said, “Hmm, not really. If you’re interested, you can go up and try. After you finish trying it out, we can see if any changes happen.”
After giving it some thought, Shuhang gave an order to his clone.
The clone put away the Black Panther Commander’s Flag, and then leaped gently to the altar in the middle of the lake.
However, when the clone was mid-jump, his body suddenly plummeted down, falling into the lake.
Song Shuhang doubtfully said, “A flight-restricting formation? A gravitational magical technique?”
A cultivator at the Fifth Stage and above possessed the ability to tread on air.
However, his clone had been pulled down from the air by an invisible force similar to a combination of the two kinds of formations.
The clone lifted his foot and stepped on the air lightly. A black lotus flower appeared under his feet, supporting his figure.
After taking two steps, the clone reached the lake’s surface.
Black lotus flowers blossomed on the lake, supporting Song Shuhang’s clone.
After stepping on the lake, the suction force and gravitational force disappeared.
At this time, Song Shuhang’s clone was about 200 meters away from the altar, and it seemed that flying was not permitted within this range.
Since that was the case, then he’d just have to honestly ride the waves.
Song Shuhang’s clone used the ❮Virtuous Man’s Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯ movement technique, and sped through the lake. Every time he took a step, a black lotus would blossom in advance for him to step on.
Senior White said, “Your main movement technique is still the ❮Virtuous Man’s Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯?”
He remembered teaching Song Shuhang this movement technique when he was at the First Stage Realm. He was now at the Fifth Stage Realm, yet he still hadn’t changed movement techniques?
Song Shuhang replied, “I only know how to use the ❮Virtuous Man’s Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯ and its advanced, burst-type movement technique, the ❮Celestial Sprint❯.”
Senior White said, “Hmm, the ❮Virtuous Man’s Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯ is a bit too weak for you now. After all, you are already at the Fifth Stage… If you have the time, you should contact Fellow Daoist Eternal Fire, and see if you can get a more advanced scholarly movement technique from him. I remember that the ❮Virtuous Man’s Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯ has an even more advanced version.”
Song Shuhang suddenly remembered. “Actually, Senior Eternal Fire asked me if I was free before, and invited me to make a trip to the scholarly faction. I’ll reply to him later and set a date.”
In order to exchange for a more advanced version of the ❮Virtuous Man’s Ten Thousand Mile Walk❯ from True Monarch Eternal Fire, he would have to prepare something of equivalent value.
This was something that the entire ‘Nine Provinces Number One Group’ tacitly agreed upon: services should always be repaid.
Senior White said, “Having a good movement technique is very important.”
While they were talking, Song Shuhang’s clone had already arrived at the altar.
The giant, two-meter-long sword was slightly taller than Song Shuhang.
Song Shuhang’s clone lightly leaped and grabbed the hilt.
After getting to the altar, the flight-blocking effect had disappeared.
He stepped on the air without the lotuses, grabbed the hilt with both hands, and pulled the sword upwards with all his strength.
The 25 Ancient Holy Apes appeared behind him. As the number of Holy Apes had increased once again, their formation similarly changed.
The large Holy Ape that had been given to him by Senior White Two was above his head, while the remaining 24 Holy Apes surrounded them in a square formation.
Afterward, all the Holy Apes took out their Scholarly Scriptures and began to recite them, rhythmically cheering for their master.
The rhythm was catchy, with the tone smoothly rising up and down; it was like a group of students swaying their heads as they read early in the morning.
Song Shuhang clenched his teeth and gathered all the strength of his body into his arms.
The ❮Variant Steel Hands Technique❯ added a layer of black steel onto his arms.
When it came to pure brute force, the power that Song Shuhang was exerting at this time had even surpassed ordinary Sixth Stage True Monarchs.
However, the giant sword on the altar did not budge.
Song Shuhang’s clone stopped pulling at the sword.
Although a Sixth Stage Realm-level pulling force wasn’t enough to move mountains or drain the seas… it was more than enough to allow one to lift up a huge truck.
Logically speaking, there was no reason that this two-meter-long sword couldn’t be pulled out.
Unless he was pulling the sword the wrong way.
Song Shuhang’s clone stretched out his hand, took off the ‘Swordsman Wooden Ox’s glove of passion’, and then placed his hand on the giant sword.
The secret appraisal technique was activated.
“Puff~” A large amount of blood burst out of the clone’s arms.
The price wasn’t that serious; it was still within an acceptable range.
In the next moment, the pain from using the secret appraisal technique, as well as the results from the appraisal, were transmitted back to Song Shuhang’s mind.
[Nameless giant sword that was forged to be one with the Four Seas Secret Realm: Young man, do you have the power to lift the entire Four Seas Secret Realm? If so, then you can lift this nameless giant sword. If not, take a bath and go to sleep.]
“…” Song Shuhang.
F*ck you! If I had the strength to lift the entire ‘Four Seas Secret Realm’, do you think I’d care about your stupid sword?!
Sure enough, he really had no fate with things like swords.
Song Shuhang’s favorable impression of ‘swords’ -100.
In other words, the ‘Lord of the Four Seas’ left this altar and sword here just to tease future generations?
Song Shuhang was somewhat unwilling to accept it.
The clone squatted down again, stretching out his hand to place it on the altar. Then, he used the secret appraisal technique again.
According to the usual routine, if the sword was something meant to fool the public, shouldn’t the real treasure be the altar or the big lake?
Shuhang’s clone urged the secret appraisal technique once again.
The price he paid this time was much heavier.
The clone’s back and arms burst with blood at the same time, and the amount of bleeding was relatively high.
But the degree of pain was still within a tolerable range.
[The stone altar of the Four Seas Secret Realm. There is a hidden compartment in the second step of the altar which contains the treasures left behind by the Lord of the Four Seas for his successors.]
There really was a treasure here!
Joy could be seen in the eyes of Song Shuhang’s clone. He gently jumped to the second step, and reached out to knock on it.
Senior White asked, “What are you doing?”
Song Shuhang replied, “That sword can’t be pulled out at all; it’s merely a cover. The real treasure is hidden at the second step of this altar.”
Senior White pinched his chin. “This method is really old, so the secret realm must be old as well. This kind of routine is despised by new cultivators. It has long been replaced with new and more elusive tricks.”
On the altar…
Song Shuhang’s clone found the secret compartment and opened it.
In the secret compartment, there were two golden beast skin scrolls.
The clone grabbed the two beast skin scrolls, and said, “Why do these look so familiar?”
Senior White explained, “These are scrolls made from exotic beasts’ skin. In the past, cultivators used these to record cultivation techniques with special powers. After all, some cultivation techniques contained the power of the Great Way, and could not be recorded with just ordinary pen and paper. It was only this kind of exotic beast materials that could contain the special powers of those cultivation techniques.”
Song Shuhang said, “Cultivation techniques? If these are cultivation techniques, then they’re of no use to me.”
He was now practicing the ❮Thirty-Three Divine Beasts’ Technique❯, and he had no plans to change to other techniques.
Senior White remarked, “It could also be martial skills, magical techniques, meditation techniques, or secret techniques. Anything is possible.”
Song Shuhang’s clone carried the two golden beast skin scrolls as he stepped on lotuses to return to shore.
“Should I open them and take a look?” Song Shuhang took the two beast skin scrolls and looked at them all over.
The two scrolls were sealed.
Li Yinzhu asked, “A’Song, why not try appraising them first?”
Song Shuhang said, “That’s right. It would be safer to appraise them first.”
Feeling pain once was painful, and feeling it twice was also painful. It didn’t make much of a difference anymore.
With that said, the clone used the secret appraisal technique again.
The place where blood burst out from this time was the clone’s legs. Now, he was completely covered in blood.
The pain that the clone was feeling would be experienced by the main body as well. As such, the pain from using the secret appraisal technique was also transmitted back.
[Profound Sage Speech manuscript gift package: Seven-Star speech manuscript that contains seven kinds of high-quality speech manuscripts for buddhists, daoists, scholars, demons, monsters, beasts, or those of the sea races. When the user opens the package, the package will automatically take feedback from the practitioners in the universe, looking for the manuscript that the practitioners are most fond of. There are no issues with the copyrights for the various manuscripts. This package is exclusively for VIP customers. PS: Officially produced by the Ancient Heavenly City’s “Buddhist and Daoist Department”, so it’s definitely of high quality. Five-star rating please, piracy will be punished.]
“…” Song Shuhang.
He finally realized why this scroll felt so familiar to him.
When he first acquired the “Ancestral Witch’s Blessing” glove, there was also a set of manuscripts contained inside it.
It was the three-star manuscript ❮Demon Seed in One’s Heart❯, which he used during his Demonic Sage Tyrannical Scholar speech.
However, the manuscript had been wasted as half of it was switched out to make space for the Scholarly Sage’s ‘three questions on pregnancy’.
The two scrolls he just got were also ‘Profound Sage Speech manuscripts’, but they were considered seven-star manuscripts.
Moreover, this thing was an official product of the Ancient Heavenly City.
Back then, the Ancient Heavenly City even sold ‘Profound Sage Speech manuscripts’…
Li Yinzhu asked, “A’Song, what is it? Have you appraised it?”
Song Shuhang nodded, and replied “It’s a Profound Sage Speech manuscript… and it seems to be a gift package. When I reach the Eighth Stage and have to deliver a Profound Sage Speech, they might be of use.”
Song Shuhang stored away the two beast skin scrolls.
Senior White said, “Okay, let’s go back again. I wanna see what else this Four Seas Secret Realm can change to.”
Song Shuhang hugged Li Yinzhu again, moved together with Senior White, and went back into the passage.
Afterward, they went forward again.
The scene before them really did change again.
This time, the Four Seas Secret Realm turned into the strange jungle Senior White’s clone had been in.